Honors Program Admission Information


Apply to the Honors Program


Incoming Freshmen

To be eligible for the Honors Program new students must…

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit a 250-500 word essay (see the application for the question prompt)
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher
  • Agree to spend at least one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) in the Honors Program
  • Meet the following recommended minimum scores:
    • 3.5 GPA
    • Composite ACT score of 25 or SAT total score of 1150

Current and Transfer Students

To be eligible for the Honors Program current and transfer students must…

  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA for 12+ credits at 100 level or above
  • Not require any transitional or developmental courses such as Math 101
  • Complete the online application
  • Submit a 250-500 word essay
  • Provide contact information for current instructors
  • Agree to spend at least one academic year in the Honors Program

Dual-enrolled Students

Eligible dual-enrolled students are welcome to participate in the Honors Program. Read more about the options, eligibility requirements, and application process on the Dual Enrollment Honors Opportunities page.

Application Deadlines

For Fall 2021 Entry

Deadline for Scholarship Consideration: May 7, 2021
Final Deadline: August 13, 2021

For Spring 2022 Entry

Final Deadline: December 10, 2021

Application Instructions

Before applying to the Honors Program, you must first apply to SMC. After you receive your acceptance letter you can apply to the Honors Program by clicking the Apply to the Honors Program button below and using the student ID assigned on your acceptance letter. Your essay and letter of recommendation can be uploaded when you complete the application. SMC must also have your transcripts (and SAT or ACT scores for incoming freshmen) on file before your Honors application can be evaluated.

Apply to the Honors Program


NOTICE TO STUDENTS: Students should be cautious when contacted by organizations that are not SMC-sponsored which indicate that they have been accepted into an honor society. These organizations may not be legitimate honor societies. Established academic honor societies have physical chapters organized through universities, colleges and other learning institutions. SMC will monitor attempts made by groups that prey upon our students' email accounts and will try blocking domains from delivering unwanted messages. Students should, however, remain vigilant making sure that communications they respond to are in fact from Southwestern Michigan College.